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On the repugnance of customary law

Demian, Melissa


The Constitution of Papua New Guinea (PNG) features a peculiar artifact of colonial-era law known as a repugnancy clause. This type of clause, used elsewhere as a neutral mechanism to identify conflicts between legal provisions, has in PNG become a tool for the moral-aesthetic evaluation of customary law. In this article, I follow the history of the PNG repugnancy clause from its colonial origins and through the relevant case law since the country's independence in order to ask both how the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Comparative Studies in Society and History
DOI: 10.1017/S0010417514000127


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